Hockey World Cup Opening Ceremony
The 16 world captains come together on-stage - marking the beginning of the
Men’s Hockey World Cup, 2018.
27th November 2018, Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
Shah Rukh Khan's role at the HWC Opening Ceremony? Ambassador of India’s love for hockey. SRK came in, in a chariot of hearts bringing with him, ‘Heartbeat,’ the hockey stick, which carries the collected heartbeats that he presents to the captains of the world. Later, he welcomed the world to India.
A rousing speech by Shah Rukh Khan, a former hockey player and patron of the sport, to all the world captains and the world tuned in, about how sport is the ultimate unifier. The speech ended to a thunderous applause and the sentiment of unity and oneness coursing through the crowds. SRK’s role: from the Indian Captain’s appeal to his speech is NM’s creativity at play.
Star performer and actor, Madhuri Dixit brings Mother Earth to life at the Opening Ceremony with the original dance ballet, The Earth Song. Written, Created and Directed by Nupur Mahajan, the theatrical piece conveys the message of oneness, inclusion and equality to the world.
Choreography: Shiamak Davar
Mass Cast Choreography: Devendra Shellar
Classical Indian Dance Forms’ Choreography: Aruna Mohanty
Music maestro A.R. Rahman performs the World Cup Anthem LIVE for the first-time during the Opening Ceremony at Kalinga Stadium. The concept of a world cup song and video, a first for world hockey, and to have ARR as an influencer is Nupur Mahajan’s brainchild.
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